England Call Up Uncapped Spin Pair
England have called up uncapped spinners Jodie Dibble and Rebecca Grundy ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20, which begins in Bangladesh in March.
The pair take their place in the 15-member squad which also sees recalls for Tamsin Beaumont and Fran Wilson following strong performances on a recent Academy tour of Sri Lanka.
England's ICC WWT20 Record
2010: Group stage
15th March: warm-up v New Zealand
17th March: warm-up v Pakistan
24th March: v West Indies
26th March: v India
28th March: v Bangladesh
30th March: v Sri Lanka
Charlotte Edwards will lead the side as they bid to repeat their tournament win of 2009 and go one better than they managed last time around in 2012.
The squad shows five changes from the successful Women's Ashes campaign with Arran Brindle's retirement and injuries to Katherine Brunt and Natasha Farrant forcing changes to be made.
Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt miss out on selection while experienced off-spinner Laura Marsh continues to undergo rehabilitation following a shoulder injury.
"The depth of talent currently available within the England women’s high performance set-up is such that, despite the retirement of Arran Brindle and injuries to fast bowlers, Katherine Brunt and Natasha Farrant, the selectors have still been able to pick a strong and balanced squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh," Head of England Women's Cricket Clare Connor said.
"We have opted for a mix of proven international performers such as Lydia Greenway and Sarah Taylor, alongside exciting fresh talents Jodie Dibble and Rebecca Grundy.
"Both Jodie and Rebecca have developed enormously over the last couple of years and they thoroughly deserve this opportunity.
“It is a very exciting time for the England Women’s cricket team. The back-to-back Ashes triumphs, in addition to the news last week about the pay increases for the players, put us in a healthy position. I look forward to seeing what this group of players can achieve on the field in Bangladesh.”
"As young spinners, there is no better place in the world to ply your trade than the subcontinent and I hope that they enjoy and learn from the experience.
"We are also delighted to see Tammy Beaumont and Fran Wilson back in the squad.
"Their performances during the recent England Women’s Academy tour to Sri Lanka were an important part of the team’s success out there, and I’m sure that they will be aiming to carry this form forward to Bangladesh.
"Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt will, of course, be disappointed not to be included in the squad, having both played in the Women’s Ashes series in Australia last month.
"They are both high class players and will remain in the selectors’ thoughts once the domestic season gets underway in April."
England ICC Women's World Twenty20 squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Kathryn Cross, Jodie Dibble, Georgia Elwiss, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson
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